August 19, 2016

February 18

Montessori School of McLean 7:00 pm Saturday, February 18, 2017
Strings ‘n Things!
A Concert for the Young & Young at Heart
Chris Rudyj Natalie Fike
Karen Ma – Coral Fantasy (orch. by Davyd Breeskin)
Alex Worley – Irony (orch. by Michael Ream)
Johann Sebastian Bach – Concerto for Two Violins and Strings in D Minor
Chris Rudyj and Natalie Fike, Violins

Rebecca Kite
Robert Oetomo – Soar – Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra
Rebecca Kite, Marimba
Leroy Anderson – Orchestral Toe-Tappers
Compositions by area youth in association with the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA)
Programs and artists subject to change.


CHRIS RUDYJ joined The McLean Symphony in 2002, became associate concertmaster in 2004, and was appointed as concertmaster in 2015. Chris, a native of Philadelphia, has lived in the Washington, DC, area for more than 20 years. She is an active amateur violinist, has been a member of the Capital City Symphony (formerly the Georgetown Symphony Orchestra) and the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (formerly the Mount Vernon Orchestra), and has performed with various chamber ensembles in the area. Chris studied violin with Greg Fulkerson at Oberlin Conservatory and Estelle Kerner at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. She graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Russian studies and from George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government with an MA in international commerce and policy. Chris recently changed careers and now works in health policy as a project manager for the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Health Affairs. Previously, she worked in the legal industry for 20 years. Chris lives in Centreville, Virginia, with husband Erik Grow, of 16 years, and two cats, Gypsy and Mojo.

A native of Buffalo, New York, NATALIE FIKE began playing the violin during her public elementary school years. What started as a casual pursuit turned into a lifelong hobby—and love of music. Throughout high school, she studied with Alan Ross of the Buffalo Philharmonic and continued under the orchestra’s assistant concertmaster, Ansgarius Aylward, through college while ultimately pursuing a non-musical career. After earning her BA in communication studies through the All-College Honors Program at Canisius College, Natalie relocated to Northern Virginia 10 years ago. She joined The McLean Symphony in 2009 and was promoted to principal second violin shortly thereafter. An avid chamber music player, she regularly attends coaching retreats and reads with brilliant local amateur musicians who work in a plethora of industries and careers. Natalie is a technical editor for LMI, the premiere government consulting firm, in Tysons. She lives in Oakton with her husband and tuxedo cat, Sylvia, who is always dressed in concert attire.

REBECCA KITE, marimba, has been performing for over 25 years, appearing in concerts and clinics across the United states, Europe, Japan, and Latin America. In 2003 and 2004, she made a South American tour, with concerts and master classes in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. She has appeared at the Festival of Vibraphones and Marimbas in Lima, Peru, and at the Cultural Foundation for the Arts in Patagonia, Argentina, and Valencia, Spain. Other performance venues have included Uporo Hall in Tokyo, Japan, the Kennedy Center, in Washington, DC, and numerous colleges, secondary schools, art museums, and other non-traditional spaces. In addition to her solo career, Kite is known internationally as a percussion educator, and has served as artist-in-residence at a wide range of music schools known for their percussion programs, in the United States and the Far East. She has strong interests in two areas that enhance her performances and presentations—Japanese musical aesthetics and musical instrument design and acoustics. Ongoing activities includes the study of Buddhism, Shinto, and Zen and their influence on Eastern music.

Kite may be heard on her two solo recordings, “Across Time” and “Prism,” both released by GP Percussion, and available through, iTunes, and most international percussion retailers. This concert marks her second appearance as soloist with The McLean Symphony.